Less than two months after the release of Project North Star, Leap Motion has released the reference design that allows developers, manufacturers, and even manufacturers to develop their own augmented reality headset based on Leap Motion. Project North, developed by Leap Motion Star's headset has two 1600 x 1400 displays at 120 fps and a combined field of view of more than 100 degrees. The headset also features Leap Motion's next-generation ultra-wide tracking module, previously only available with an AR headset. The rest of the headset consists of a combination of commercial and 3D printed components.
"By revealing the design and putting it in the hands of the hacker community We hope to accelerate the experimentation and discussion of what Augmented Reality can be, "the company wrote in a blog post.
The Open Source Design Has Been Made Documentation released under an Apache 2.0 license on Github is also available for download directly from the Leap Motion Web site.
Instructions for making the mechanical part of the headset are now available, along with files for the 3D printed components. The mechanical guide also lists the standard components, eg. Example, the wiring harness of a welder mask, which are used in the construction of the headset.
While a list of components, schematics, and firmware files is included, detailed instructions on how to assemble the electrical part are not yet available. The software manual and the files are also in progress.
While several stages are more complicated, the approach is similar to the Cardboard strategy from Google. By giving away its schematics for free, Google has made its VR platform much more accessible to the average consumer. Many media companies gave away their own branded versions of the Cardboard headset, while manufacturers used the design to sell generic VR headsets with the same apps.
In the same way, Cardboard was developed to drive virtual reality applications. Project North Star is designed to help Leap Motion advance its hand-tracking technology as the industry standard. The accelerated launch of its platform comes at a critical time in the augmented reality timeline, especially as companies such as ManoMotion and uSens are making waves with their own computer vision hand-tracking platforms that do not require sensors.